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Ron Sexsmith: Westbeth Theater, New York City

Jeff Apter, No Depression, 25 September 1997

WHILE THE REAL world is tough on outsiders, they'll always be welcomed in the land of thinking-person's music. Toronto troubadour Ron Sexsmith has perfected the outside-looking-in perspective; stuck in my head is an image from 'Pretty Little Cemetery off his latest album, Other Songs. He and his son are sitting on a bus, watching the scenery go by, quietly taking it in. Doesn't seem like much on paper, but Sexsmith's instinct for detail and observation makes for great, sad, folk-tinged pop.

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